[Music] Improvisations

A set of improvised piano pieces. Some of these are in the style of a Satie Gnossienne or Gymnopedie; others, more free-form.

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Improvisations by Barry van Oudtshoorn are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!

[Music] Nocturne

I’ve been rather remiss in updating my blog — so this track appeared on Soundcloud a while ago, but is only now appearing here. An orchestral piece, Nocturne focuses on an oboe/bassoon interplay, with strings and piano along as well.

You can grab and listen to it on Soundcloud, or use the embedded player and download links below.


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Reflections by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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[Music] Where you were

This track is a melange of orchestral, trance, dance, and chip. It’s also probably my “loudest” track to date — whilst I haven’t yet managed to put a compressor on the whole thing (or use sidechain compression), I have compressed Kontakt (for the orchestral parts) and the two basses, producing a much “tighter” mix than is normal for my music.

You can grab and listen to it on Soundcloud, or use the embedded player and download links below — whichever ensures your aquatic vehicle remains buoyant.


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Where you were by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!

[Music] Unforgot

It’s been far too long since I published a piece of music. Part of the reason for that is that I was, for a while, without a sound-card in my computer — a problem which has since been remedied by a new Komplete Audio 6 interface. Another reason for the lack of music is that I’ve just been really busy at work — which makes it hard to come home and write music. 🙁

But enough with the explanations. Unforgot is a melange of dub, chillout, and orchestral styles. I actually wrote this nearly a month ago, but made a few changes at the suggestion of a friend from work. One of the changes was to make the bass much less “wobbly” — in the first version, it oscillated between the left and right channels, which sounded a bit off.

I’ve been told that all the cool kids put their music on SoundCloud now, so I’ve played the role of the compliant sheep and followed suit. To that end, you can listen to this track directly on SoundCloud. Of course, you can still grab it from here. 🙂


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[Music] Autumn

This piece was a lot of fun to write. It’s in 7/8, with the bar broken into 2/3/2 rather than the more traditional 3/2/2. There’s a severely tortured Irish flute in the mix, sounding somewhat foghorn-like (from around 0’55), as well as washing machines being bashed and kitchen sink strainers being bowed. All this adds up to a very cinematic sound.


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[Music] When you’re asleep

This track is a fusion of orchestral and electronic sounds — a technique which seems to become more and more a part of my idiom. A slowish lead-up to a strong middle section, which then moves through to a floating solo viola line (I love the slightly “rougher”, less refined sound of violas as compared to violins), then back to the fuller electronic/orchestral sound — a straightforward ternary form, which so often works well.

Note: play this one loudly. 🙂


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[Music] Orchestral Sonata II

My wonderful wife gave me a copy of Session Strings Pro for Christmas, and this is its first outing. I’m very impressed by the sound and precision of Session Strings — especially compared to the VSL strings that come bundled with Kontakt.

This is a programmatic (movie/game-type) orchestral piece in a rough sonata form.


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[Music] Rising

It’s been a while since I last wrote a wholly-orchestral piece. As I was writing this one, I toyed with the idea of turning it into an industrial piece, à la Conflagration, but ultimately rejected that path.

Dark in parts, fanfare-like in others, and with a playful duet between flute and bassoon towards the end, Rising is quite certainly programmatic (that is, it constructs a narrative). The story that it tells — well, I’ll leave that open to your interpretation.


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TrackPerformer data

I’ve extracted the performance data from Rising, so that if you want to, you can build a TrackPerformer performance of the piece. Download rising.js to get started. Follow along with my TrackPerformer step-by-step — with the template in hand, you can safely skip large chunks of the step-by-step. You’ll mostly need to focus on steps 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

If you do build a performance, let me know about it! I’m tempted to start releasing the data for my other tracks as well, so if you’d like to build a performance for any of my pieces, just let me know in the comments.

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